NBC/KSL—Like AOL before it, Facebook is the latest in a long line of mainstream technologies to introduce a lot of new users to the power, utility, and network effect of the Internet.
At the same time, the popular hangout has negatively impacted the number of public comments taking place online. Case in point: The number of people making online remarks has dwindled from a record 15% five years ago to an estimated 7% last year, according to market research by Nielson.
The reason: “Conversations around stories are moving off the news page and onto social networks,” says Steve Rubel, a longtime observer of social media since 2004. “With time spent on social networks like Facebook skyrocketing, it leaves little left to engage at the source of the news.”
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My latest for Fox & Friends. Not a shocker, but I still found it amusing.
One of the World’s Biggest Telescopes Is Buried Beneath the South Pole.
Like something out of a Dan Brown novel, I tell ya.
I’m a climate change agnostic. Nevertheless, my latest piece quickly drew fire from at least one insecure proponent of anthropogenic global warming.
“Try becoming a real journalist and offering up a balanced article,” the fanman wrote. I guess he didn’t like that I quoted both critics and skeptics in a single article. “Balanced,” would have completely ignored one side or the other, apparently.
Or maybe he’s just mad that Fox News exists.
See also: The best report on climate change ever written!
One of six fabled BCS computers, not unlike something you’d use to surf YouTube.
My latest for Wired Magazine. Bang. (also syndicated on CNN and Gizmodo)
Reporting for Fox & Friends: “A new application lets parents photograph a software package at the store and instantly learn about any potentially questionable content.”
Go read my Fox & Friends story to find out.
New technology article I wrote for Fox & Friends on cool science fair projects.
A new slideshow I penned for Fox & Friends.